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“A consistent evolution” – Danny Nedelko on Heavy Lungs and their new EP Measure

Posted on 02 Oct 2019 at 7:46am

Let’s get the elephant in the room out of the way.

If you’ve given British rock music of the last twelve months even a cursory glance you’ll be familiar with the name Danny Nedelko. The title of IDLES’ crossover hit, it’s their tribute to the benefits of immigration and the beautiful friendships that can be forged through a collision of nationalities. But as you are likely to already know too, it’s also the name of Joe Talbot’s best friend, the frontman of the next Bristol punk sensation, Heavy Lungs.

The performance of said song at this year’s festival was, excuse the cliché, a ‘Glastonbury moment’. But as awe-inspiring as it was for those of us lucky enough to be in attendance, how did it feel for the subject matter? “That Glastonbury performance was, if not one of the seminal performances of that festival, in the history of the festival,” Danny Nedelko says in conversation with Live4ever.

“It was an incredible performance by my dear friends, and a beautiful moment in music. To hear that song…I was there in the crowd at the back and it brings a tear to my eye. Absolutely beautiful.”

Yet despite having much in common – namely place of origin and outlook on life – Heavy Lungs are not going to be hanging on their peers’ coat-tails. They’ve had a busy year so far, and 2019 is promising to end on a high. Released to coincide with an autumn tour is a new EP entitled Measure.

Their biggest project to date, it’s a pulsating blast of energy that goes straight for the heart. From the ferocious yet controlled chaos of Self-Worth, which channels Queens Of The Stone Age at their most bass-driven, to the arena-sized chorus of T.O.T.B. and the measured power of Half Full, it’s a real evolution in their songwriting.

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LIFE, Squid, FEET and The Fourth Wave Of New Wave

Posted on 30 Sep 2019 at 8:46am

As punk’s momentum abated it was replaced with an entirely new energy, one used by those who graduated from it into a tidal wave of competing movements, from Mod to new romantic, synth pop to roots reggae, heavy metal to soul and jazz.

Ironically however, what would turn out to be a key pivot was American: New York’s Talking Heads had stripped back the ostentation of disco and funk down to its very barest bones, using tribal rhythms and St. Vitus’ guitars, along with singer David Byrne’s freaky drawl, to create a string of albums – the apex of which was 1980’s incredible Remain In Light – that would remain as perpetually influential as Entertainment! or even (whisper it) Unknown Pleasures.

Forty years later, these are our parents and grandparents’ records but just as familiar, living ornaments in what’s felt like a vacuum for fans of their legacy. Guitar music, as it’s infrequently termed now, has been pronounced dead on dozens of occasions over these last four decades, and at Live4ever we’ve felt at times like those driving the cortege were almost right. But not now. In cellar bars and shoebox rooms, venues across the country are putting on shows by artists who are performing a resurrection without it being a conscious act: they care more about the noise than what makes it.

This defibrillation is a comeback like a ’68 special – and it demands to be heard.

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Live4ever’s Best Of 2010s: The Tracks 25-1

Posted on 26 Aug 2019 at 8:17am

It’s the summer Bank Holiday in the UK today, and with mighty fine weather greeting it for once here’s part two of a playlist which might just add to the soundtrack for today’s activities.

50 of the best tracks to have been featured on Live4ever during the past decade have been picked out, this second installment featuring the likes of Idles, Kendrick Lamar, Laura Marling, Little Comets and A Tribe Called Red.

Check out the videos below, or in neat playlist form over on Spotify, and find Part 1 right here.

Live4ever’s Best Of 2010s: The Tracks 50-26

Posted on 26 Aug 2019 at 6:52am

It’s the summer Bank Holiday in the UK today, and with mighty fine weather greeting it for once here we’ve got part one of a playlist which might just add to the soundtrack for today’s activities.

50 of the best tracks to have been featured on Live4ever during the past decade have been picked out, this first installment featuring the likes of Alabama Shakes, Shame, Arctic Monkeys, Skepta and PJ Harvey.

Check out the videos below, or in neat playlist form over on Spotify, and stay tuned for 25-1 a little later today.

Live4ever Presents: The Buffalo Skinners

Posted on 08 Jul 2019 at 8:38am

The Raconteurs vs. Brooklyn: Brooklyn Never Had A Chance

Posted on 01 Jul 2019 at 10:18am

The slow build of Raconteurs excitement started in October of last year with the announcement that the Third Man Vault would be releasing a special 10th anniversary edition of the band’s last album, a certifiable 21st century rock classic, Consolers Of The Lonely.

While we’re nowhere near Chinese Democracy levels of delay and, admittedly, there were never any promises made that another Raconteurs album/tour was supposed to happen, still, ten years? That’s a long time. But wait: the Vault package was going to contain a 45 with two new Raconteurs songs, and there was the promise of a new album in 2019. They’re back!

Arriving in mid-December the two new songs, Sunday Driver and Now That You’re Gone, demonstrated that despite the long interval the band hadn’t lost a step. Their 21st century spin on classic rock tropes remained as vital and vibrant sounding as ever.

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Live4ever Presents at SXSW 2019: The Pearl Harts

Posted on 29 May 2019 at 10:04am

There’s no right way to get your music heard anymore. The old rules are gone and the playing field has been levelled. The Pearl Harts are testament to this.

The raucous two-piece have released an album, built up a healthy online following and toured the world thanks to prestigious slots with Skunk Anansie and Garbage amongst others. All without the support of record label or deal, all driven by the power of their friendship and their electrifying rock music.

Live4ever Presents at SXSW 2019: Kabul Dreams

Posted on 28 May 2019 at 10:19am

When a band has been operating for over a decade it can appear almost insulting to tell the story of their gestation. Their priority will and should always be their present, but as the first rock band from Afghanistan, Kabul Dreams’ beginnings will always be interesting.

Fortunately, they are aware of their significance and derive strength from it, as well as the draw of contemporary rock music as a whole.

Live4ever Presents at SXSW 2019: whenyoung

Posted on 24 May 2019 at 10:11am

whenyoung are making waves, and it’s easy to see why. Their music is a powerful combination of melodic, majestic pop with an empathetic eye on the world around them. That they originate partially from Dublin should be no surprise; the Irish capital has constantly provided the western world with a succession of acts who have offered an external insight that both the UK and the US is unable to demonstrate by virtue of geography.

Live4ever Presents at SXSW 2019: Gallops

Posted on 23 May 2019 at 7:59am

To be an act of pure instrumentation requires control and consideration. Gallops are a case in point; they have been in action since 2007 and quickly found success via breakthrough single Crutches. Since then it’s been a tumultuous ride, and the band now operating under the name are a different proposition personnel-wise to the one which started this journey. But whilst every step has been laden with difficulties, a devotion to their craft has always been their guiding principle.

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